By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Contrary to speculations that Kareena Kapoor dumped Shahid Kapoor for Saif Ali Khan or that they broke up to give publicity to Jab We Met — here"s the real reason. A close friend of Shahid and Kareena reveals that the couple broke off more than three months ago and what drove the final nail to the coffin was the alleged relationship between Shahid and Vidya Balan, Shahid"s heroine in Kismet Connection.
Things got sour
Says a source close to Kareena, “Shahid and Kareena broke off in July. They had been having problems for the last eight months for various reasons. Even while shooting for Jab We Met they would have fights.
After four-and-a-half years, both felt that they had outgrown the relationship. They had been fighting a lot and Shahid wanted Kareena to adapt to his ways.
It was Shahid"s decision to break off. By the time Kareena went to shoot for Tashan in Ladakh, both had gone their different ways. It was an amicable parting."
But Kareena was still in two minds as she has always loved Shahid and didn"t want to give up on a relationship in which she had invested so much of her time and emotions.
Reveals the source, “Then came the news of Shahid"s increasing closeness to his Kismet Connection co-star, Vidya Balan, in Toronto and Kareena was shooting for Tashan in Jaisalmer. Initially, Kareena didn"t believe the rumours and whenever she asked Shahid, he maintained that Vidya and he were good friends and nothing more."
But Kareena got a differnt version from her friend who swore by the increasing intimacy between the two co-stars, “Vidya and Shahid would spend hours on and off the sets. After the shootiong, they would vanish together. That"s when Kareena finally realised that Shahid had truly moved on," adds our insider.
So when did Saif come into the picture? Says the source, “Kareena had always liked Saif as a friend. He"s a wonderful human being loyal, supportive, protective and caring. When she was hurting he gave her emotional support.
It wasn"t a rebound relationship as by that time she had come to terms that Shahid had moved on.
During the shooting of Tashan in Jaisalmer and
Kerala she found herself spending more and more time with Saif and finding plenty of things in common with him."
But that wasn"t the end of the chapter according to the source. “Kareena has always reacted from the heart so when Shahid came back from Toronto she tried getting back with him one last time.
They met at designer Shabina Khan"s home where Kareena asked Shahid for the last time if they could get back together.
“Shahid refused categorically saying that it wasn"t possible for them to get
back together as he was involved with another woman.
Of course that doesn"t mean that Kareena is bitter about it. Today she"s very happy with Saif whom she dotes upon. She was thrilled when he announced their relationship at the Lakme Fashion Week last week," adds the source.
Are she and Shahid on talking terms? “Yes. Shahid and Kareena talk to each other almost every day. In fact, during the last day shoot of Jab We Met at Future Studios, Shahid, Kareena and Shabina had lunch together in Shahid"s van.
Recently, when Shahid and Kareena met at Shabina"s birthday (October 14) party in Aurus they greeted each other very amicably and were spotted chatting. It"s just that today they have moved on with different people. In fact, Vidya is seen visiting Shahid"s Raj Classic apartment in Versova almost every day. “
But certain actions of Shahid have upset Kareena. “Shahid had categorically asked Kareena not to talk about the break-up but Shahid went on air in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to declare that he was single. Kareena was hurt but she has accepted that.
Also she wasn"t asked to be part of Voice of India and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa by Ashtavinayak, the producers of Jab We Met and that"s why Shahid came solo.
Why doesn"t Kareena reveal the truth about the break up especially when Shahid has gone on air in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to say he"s single? The source says, “Kareena won"t talk because her parents Babita and Randhir Kapoor have strictly asked her not to talk about her personal life to the media. Right now Bebo"s just living in the moment and not thinking about the future. She is very happy with Saif and wants to concentrate completely on her career."
When contacted Kareena said, “I won"t comment on my personal life."
Vidya Balan and Shahid Kapoor remained unavailable for comment.